On today’s calendar: YOU!

Today we look at the third and final point in our ongoing series on the three most common mistakes we make when we put ourselves first: Not taking the down time you deserve. Most of us in the North East of the US has been snowed in for the day, so we’re forced to take some down time today. But seriously, when was the last time you took a day just for you?

I’ll be honest: This is a trap I often fall into myself. It’s so important to book personal days well in advance, because we all know that it just never happens when things get busy and crazy. All of a sudden you realize there’s too much to do, enough so that you postpone a personal day until you finally crash and burn.

At that point it usually takes way more than a day to recover. Blocking off some personal time will help you to recharge and refresh so you can face and conquer all your obstacles.

As I said in my JanYOUary blog entry: It’s necessary to take care of yourself so that you can help others.

And while you’re at it, go ahead and book that vacation, too. It’ll give you something to look forward to, and it can also serve as a great reward for all your hard work.

I speak to so many people who never take all their vacation time. Why wouldn’t you? Your company is paying you to take those days. Work can and will function without you there, I promise. When you’re all refreshed from some time off, you’ll get even more done.

Look at your calendar right now and book a few days just for you. What days are you taking and what are you going to do for yourself? Tell me below.